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Blake's Sam Broz started playing hockey as a sibling rivalry, now she's a Division I commit

The senior forward recently announced her commitment to play Division I hockey at Brown University after netting 41 points in 24 games for the Blake Bears in 2021-22.

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The Blake girls hockey team celebrates after Sam Broz scores the Bears' lone goal in a 6-1 loss to Edina in the Section 6AA Semifinal on Feb. 16, 2022, at the Parade Ice Garden.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Younger siblings always strive to be stronger, smarter and faster than their older brother or sister. That was exactly what made Sam Broz want to start playing hockey.

"He started playing and I immediately wanted to be better than him," said the 18-year-old who plays at Blake.

"Everything was hockey when we were kids, we played mini-sticks, outside in front of our house, in the garage, I just wanted to have something in common with him — and also just give him a little grief," Broz said.

Fast forward to now and Sam has committed to play Division I hockey at Brown University, while her brother Tristan is a Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick and currently plays D-I himself at the University of Denver after transferring from the University of Minnesota this past offseason.

Both siblings have had heaps of success in the sport, so what started as a fun sibling rivalry has now blossomed into positive accolades for both athletes.

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Broz grew up in Bloomington and started playing at the varsity level for the Blake Bears in the eighth grade.

She posted seven points in 25 games that season as an eighth grader, and started to draw Division I attention, but that's when the NCAA changed the rule on when athletes were able to commit to college hockey programs.

Hockey players are no longer allowed to start the recruiting process so early on in their careers, and have to wait until after their sophomore season to resume recruitment conversations.

I'm a pretty defensive center, I love coming up big and stopping plays. It's just as fun for me as scoring a goal or making a great pass.
Sam Broz

So although Broz was already talking to a couple of schools a few years ago, she had to pause and then resume that whole process a couple of years later.

In the fall of 2022, the Bloomington native announced her commitment to play at Brown.

Education is very important to Broz and she is grateful to have the opportunity to become a high-level athlete at an Ivy League school.

The forward took a visit to the campus in Rhode Island and was immediately a big fan of the coaching staff.

"All the coaches seemed tightly knit and dedicated. One of my favorite things about coach (Melanie Ruzzi) is that she has a plan, and it's very intentional, and she's definitely taking the program somewhere," she said.

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They're aren't too many Minnesotans on the Brown roster, but Broz is familiar with former Holy Family skater Maddie Morgan , who she hung out with a little bit on her visit to the university.

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Broz had a standout season last year with The Blake School, posting 41 points in 24 games. The forward was second on the team in total points scored and tied for a team-high in assists with 24.

Although being a playmaker is a main focus of the senior forward's game, she also prides herself on being solid defensively.

"I'm a pretty defensive center, I love coming up big and stopping plays. It's just as fun for me as scoring a goal or making a great pass," Broz said.

Kristi King, the head coach of the Blake girls hockey team, says that Broz shows her passion for the game out on the ice.

"She cares deeply about her teammates and plays the game with respect. Every day she shows up and gives 100% of what she has," said King. "Sam is both a playmaker and a goal-scorer. She logs a lot of ice time for us on the power play, penalty kill, and 5-on-5."

The Bears had a 15-11 record in 2021-22 and are looking to be a dangerous team this season in 2022-23.

"I think we're pretty underrated. We only graduated three seniors, and that'll be a pretty big loss to our defense, but we didn't graduate any forwards," Broz said.

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The Bears are working on multiple aspects of their game such as face-off wins, time-on-attack and blocking shots.

Even though hockey is her primary focus, the 18-year-old was also a captain on her school's soccer team this year.

Sam Broz has one more season left of high school hockey before she is likely to hit the ice for Brown University in the fall of 2023.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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